Have you seen the way people respond in the midst of crisis?
Picture an extremely crowded venue during a crisis situation: people running in 50 million directions, screaming, crying, falling, and clawing over each other. You can't pay attention to everything around you because your mind won't let you. You're in flight/panic mode and you can't comprehend any of the directions given to you, only what your anxious thoughts are telling you. When you finally get to someone who can help, you stutter, fumble over your words, and might even share seeing or hearing things that never actually happened. Not because you're a liar but sometimes in a heightened state of fear we recall things differently.
And this ladies (and gentlemen) is how most of us come to God in crisis. A hot confused mess. We offer up incomplete and inaccurate accounts of what’s going on around us as if he isn’t aware of the totality of it all. Then we start seeking...no demanding God to give us answers and to fix things immediately. Yet, it's the first time we've talked to him in days, weeks, months, maybe even years.
God desires for his children to come to him with their issues, no doubt. But even if he speaks, how will you hear him clearly amongst all the commotion of your emotions?
Here is what God is saying…
You are constantly coming to me in "crisis" when you want the answer or a fix to something immediately! But where are you in the calm? Where are you as the waves start to pick up? You aren’t near. Crisis time is not the best time for you to hear me clearly especially if it's the first time we are having a reciprocal conversation, which is really your monologue. Because of this you experience confusion, frustration, and desolation.
Desolation in this case is feeling that you are not connected with God at all. That he is far from you and unable and unwilling to hear your cries or work on your behalf. Remember he is always near! When we feel distant, we have more than likely allowed something to come in between our communion.
This is why he needs you to come to him more consistently—Every morning, preferably throughout your day using small prayers and moments of praise or by looking at scripture on your phone before scrolling a timeline. This also includes the good days because when we are in moments of distress it is not always easy to decipher what’s happening in the spirit realm. With consistent commitment to God in word and dialogue (prayer) you will be better prepared to face whatever awaits you in your next moments. You will know how to respond, hear, and see God in the midst of crisis. No matter how big or small.
God is challenging you to spend more time in him. He is available for more than crisis calls. Please miss him with the excuses, he's over them. He desires your communion with him. He wants relationship that extends beyond calling when you need something right away. Just think about how much that irritates you...
No judgment here...this word hit me long b4 it hit this post ;) we're all works in progress. Just make sure you're progressing.
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